Hi Genderbuzzers, My name’s Isil Simsek. I’m a social media marketer and founder of Social Thyme. I studied Economics at university and started working at an international retail company as a buyer when I graduated. I never imagined I would start my own business one day. When I had my children, I developed an interest in Montessori education and trained as a teacher. I love teaching but for various reasons that did not work out either. It was at this point I decided to qualify as a social media marketer.
Blogging my way to success
My journey to becoming a social media professional, came through Blogging. I had been a Blogger since 2005 and had gained a good understanding of social media. One day I was sitting in front of the computer thinking how I could turn these skills into a job, and I came across ‘Digital Mums’-an organisation that upskills mums with social media marketing. I took one of their courses, and set up Social Thyme right after graduating from Digital Mums in July 2015.
Venturing into the great Freelancing unknown
When I graduated, I was still working part time, as well as running my new business. I started out by sending cold emails to a few brands that I liked and I was lucky enough to start working with an amazing, healthy snack brand produced by a lovely woman. I worked with her for about 18 months, remotely and have actually never met her in real life!